For the 1951 movie Distant Drums, a series of six short sound recordings was made in post-production to accompany the visuals of a soldier being bitten by an alligator and dragged into a stream. The scream effect was archived by Warner Bros. and used exclusively by the studio in a series of movies, including Them! (1954), The Sea Chase (1955) and A Star is Born (1954) before being picked up by sound effects editor Ben Burtt.
Burtt dubbed it the "Wilhelm Scream", after the character in the original movie, and used it in, among others, Star Wars (1977, above) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Since then, the scream has been adopted by countless sound engineers and used in films such as Batman Returns (1992), Planet of the Apes ((2001), Madagascar (2005) and, most recently, Norbit (2007). To date, it has featured in at least 133 movies, as well as in computer games and theme park rides.